The Top 8 USA Road Trips

Whether you’re planning for a fall vacation or summertime adventure, a road trip could be just what you’re looking for. Americans have a staggering number of sights to see all across the country. Here are some travelers’ favorite USA road trips to consider. Happy trails!

1. Pacific Coast Highway

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Big Sur Coast at the Bixby Creek Bridge, Monterey County, California, USA.

If you’re “California dreaming”, the Pacific Coast Highway is for you. Take a few days to discover some of the state’s most treasured destinations. Start with San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Then motor down to sunny San Diego, stopping along the way to soak up Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur and Santa Barbara.

2. Historic Route 66

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Historic Route 66 sign

This 2,500-mile route spans from the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles County’s Santa Monica all the way to Chicago. Route 66 was a busy highway back in the 1940s and 50s before the advent of the Interstate Highway. There are plenty of odd-in-a-good-way roadside attractions to stop at and explore.

3. Grand Circle National Park Tour

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Monument valley grand circle national park

Take your road trip through Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Moab, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon national parks. You’ll be hard-pressed to decide which of the many stunning stops along the way between Zion and the Grand Canyon on the Grand Circle Tour, so see them all!

4. Black Hills in South Dakota

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Pigtail bridge along the Needles Highway in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Take the 70-mile Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway in Custer State Park. One of America’s favorites, the byway loops through the Black Hills taking you along the inspiring scenes, wildlife and by Mount Rushmore on Iron Mountain Road. Also explore Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Black Hills Parkway and Badland Loop Road.

5. Blue Ridge Parkway

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Linn Cove Viaduct, Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, USA.

To call 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway scenic is an understatement! Extending from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, this route and its varied terrains offers impressive opportunities for camping, hiking, biking and as well as culture and crafts attractions.

6. Great River Road

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Scenic view of the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge over the Mississippi River from the Mark Twain Overlook in Iowa

Travel along the Mississippi River from Minneapolis down through Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Taken whole, the Great River Road trip can take 14 days, but day trips along the river in each of these states are impressive as well.

7. Lighthouse & Lobster Trail

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Beautiful fall colors of Acadia, Maine

Take the trail that honors two things Maine is known for: lighthouses and lobsters. Explore vibrant fishing villages, where lobster boat rides are often available and lobster eateries are abundant. You can also take boat excursions along the Lighthouse & Lobster Trail out to many of the lighthouses.

8. Overseas Highway

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Bridge over Florida Keys

Drive the famous U.S. Route 1 from Miami through the Florida Keys. The 113-mile Overseas Highway takes you over 42 overseas bridges, from key to key. The ride affords stunning turquoise and blue ocean views, verdant landscapes and mangrove stands. The tropical area also offers up an array of coastal birds to admire.

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About Barbara Howington

In a 40-year career that began as editor for a college public affairs department, Barbara has been an instructional media script writer, public relations director, marketing manager, account manager, and co-owner of a graphic design, marketing and public relations firm. For the past several years, she has funneled her knowledge and insight into copywriting, her favorite part of every professional position she’s held.